Sometimes you wonder if baseball players take any notice of the other things going on around the ballpark during the game. Well, with 162 games, they're bound to take notice of somethings, especially in a team's home park.
In Washington D.C., the team holds the President's Race during each game with large-headed mascots of ex-Presidents racing from the bullpen down the right-field line. The joke, of course, is that Teddy Roosevelt has never won the race. Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is on a crusade to change that.
Saturday, Werth, center fielder Rick Ankiel and the Nationals' bullpen took out all the presidents in an attempt to win the race. However, Roosevelt also fell down and all the mascots went back into the stadium through the bullpen before finsihing the race, so Werth crossed the finish line himself.
Here's the video of the incident:
"Well, if Teddy can't win, then no one wins in my book," Werrth told reporters after the team's 4-1 victory over the Braves (via CSNWashington.com). "I'm the last remaining member of the Bull Moose Party, I guess. I don't really know what else to say."
Werth was asked if he and his teammates had warned the presidents what was coming, he didn't exactly answer the question.
"I can't really comment," Werth said. "When you stage a coup, it's better to keep it quiet."
Friday night, Werth tried to hold up Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in order to give Roosevelt the win. He slowed them down, but he couldn't get to Thomas Jefferson, who finished ahead of Roosevelt.
Here's the video of Friday's shenanigans:
Werth wouldn't say if he had any plans for Sunday's presidents race, the final one of the season at Nationals Park. Lincoln currently leads Jefferson 30-29 in the season series.
The genesis of Werth's membership in the Bull Moose Party goes back to May when Werth said "things need to change" after a loss to the Brewers.
Later when asked to expand on his statement, he joked, "Why doesn't Teddy get to win?" as a way of saying what kind of change the team needed to make.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.